SignPost was delighted to produce a series of mental health awareness videos recently, which aim to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and encourage people to seek help.

The videos were commissioned through deafscotland and were supported by a range of organisations across Scotland with an interest in mental health.

The clips are fully accessible in British Sign Language (BSL) with subtitles and voiceover, to encourage discussions between those affected by deafness and their family, friends, peers, professionals and others. Over 70 people attended a successful launch event in Dundee.

“Mental health is a big issue in the deaf sector,” said deafscotland BSL consultant Derek Todd. “A lot of the services that are there for other people are not easily accessible for deaf people.”

“There are information barriers and education barriers. For example, access services such as helplines are easy for many people, as they are confidential and can be phoned 24/7. However, a deaf person isn’t able to just pick up a phone and call whenever they like. Some deaf people need access in their language such as BSL but even access in English is a problem for deaf people. They cannot access services generally, never mind out of office hours. And if they use a BSL / English interpreter or other form of communication or language support, it can take weeks to get a service. If they need to speak to a family member about it, they lose that confidentiality and independence.”

You can find links to the videos HERE

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